The government recently decided to end Israel's third pandemic-induced closure, which helped somewhat to bring down the surging number of daily coronavirus cases in the country.
It also decided on further steps that will allow most businesses, venues and events to reopen under certain conditions.
And yet, the pandemic will not let up and is still raging all around us. At this point, Israel is on the precipice.
This is not news to all those who took part in the faulty handling of the pandemic and the ensuing, devastating economic crisis. This obviously includes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who again failed to stand by his pledge to return us to normalcy in the slowest and safest manner possible.
The government had only recently approved the reopening of the education system for the youngest children, the effects of which still remains unknown in the fight against the pandemic.
And yet, ministers again approved the reopening of the economy and the synagogues ahead of the Purim holiday that begins next week.
Israel is also hosting an international judo competition with hundreds of participants from all over the world, while in the throes of the gravest medical crisis the country has ever known.
Israel seemingly swings from a state of deep depression caused by the needless deaths of thousands of coronavirus victims, to a state of total euphoria ahead of the reopening of hotels, gyms and the like.
That is unusual, even for the unstable - some would even say bipolar - government that has been running things over the last year.
That is why it is important to put our vacation plans on hold, and understand that our situation is dire.
The rate of infection is still surging, the new and violent variants of the virus have made their way into Israel and are now spreading mainly among the younger population, who we brazenly sent unprotected back to schools and kindergartens.
Most harrowing though, is the fact that a large slice of the population chooses not to get vaccinated, despite the continuous influx of data that points to the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
The vaccination centers stand empty as many choose to let the virus that has been killing us continue unabated. This is a decision they will surely regret in the future.
And as for the Purim festivities, coronavirus czar Prof. Nachman Ash practically begged the public to take precautions, knowing full well we are speeding head-first into a massive epidemiological crisis.
The people of Israel have proven over the last year that personal responsibility is not their strong suit. If that doesn't change, we will again be forced to celebrate the Passover Seder isolated in our homes.
First published: 11:17 , 02.16.21